In the Heat of the Night (1988–1995)
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A Correct Settling 

Sparta Police investigate the possibility of a prison bishop being forced off the road being racially motivated. Bill Gillespie and Harriet Delong discuss taking their relationship to the next level.


Harry Harris


James Lee Barrett (developed for television by), Carroll O'Connor (as Matt Harris) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Chief William O. 'Bill' Gillespie
Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Chief of Detectives Virgil Tibbs (as Howard Rollins) (credit only)
Alan Autry ... Capt. V.L. 'Bubba' Skinner (credit only)
Anne-Marie Johnson ... Althea Tibbs (credit only)
David Hart ... Cpl. Parker Williams
Geoffrey Thorne ... Sgt. Wilson Sweet
Hugh O'Connor ... Lt. Lonnie Jamison
Denise Nicholas ... Harriet DeLong
Bill Henderson ... Bishop William Prinn
John Wesley ... Vic Glendon
Rugg Williams ... Eugene Glendon
Nicolas Cowan Nicolas Cowan ... Eric DeLong
Crystal Fox ... Cpl. Luann Corbin
Dee Shaw Dee Shaw ... Cpl. Dee Shepard
Tonea Stewart ... Aunt Etta Kibbey


African-American Bishop William Prinn is forced off the road and injured on his way to Sparta. He plans to meet with Harriet DeLong's son, Eugene Glendon, to devise a strategy that will get Eugene's father, Vic Glendon, off of death row. In the hospital the bishop is somewhat uncooperative in finding the perpetrator, wishing to keep a low profile in the undertaking. Harriet is persuaded to join the campaign, although she is reluctant. Written by richardann

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Did You Know?


This is the last appearance of the character of Sgt. Wilson Sweet (played by Geoffrey Thorne). He would not appear in the next two seasons. See more »


After running the license tag on Bishop Prinn's car, Luke and Dee incorrectly identify it as a 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass. It is in fact as Chevrolet, either an Impala or a Caprice. See more »

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Last minute appeal
21 January 2021 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A possible road rage incident or at least it appears like it at first forces prison chaplain William Henderson off the road and lays him up in Sparta's Hospital.

Henderson has been counseling and working on the appeal of Denise Nicholas's ex-husband from the death penalty, a real possibility then and now in Mississippi. Helping him is their son Rugg Williams.

Things are heating up between his mother and Carroll O'Connor which Williams doesn't like and is determined to end.

There is someone after the chaplain. Your garden variety mouth breathing racist whom even the idea of a black prison chaplain goes against the role for black people as he sees it. In a prison they're nothing but prisoners.

Nicely staged but tragic shootout climaxes this story and season 6.

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Release Date:

12 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Covington, Georgia, USA

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1.33 : 1
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